Slogan tee and an Oversized Denim Jacket

slogan tee denim jacket mademoiselle minimal outfit

Double Trouble t-shirt (similar), Topshop ruffle skirt (very similar option here and I also really like this one), Topshop denim jacket (this is also lovely!), Charlotte Olympia kitty flats (affordable option here), Celine trotteur bag (similar affordable here)

There’s two things that I can’t seem to get enough of lately; a basic slogan tee and this oversized denim jacket from Topshop. This past year, there’s been a gradual shift in my weekend wardrobe, from pleated skirts and slinky cami’s to mom-style denim and oversized knit sweaters, and hey, I’m not complaining. After giving my wardrobe an enormous overhaul back in May, one thing I’ve realised is that my lifestyle is a lot more relaxed than it has been previously, and more than anything, I’d love it if my closet reflected that of a nonchalant French girl (who always wears a bold red lip).

Surprisingly, it’s also seen my closet move into a more youthful direction; I’m less focused on wearing crisp tailoring, and more in tune with wearing flippy little mini skirts and my kitty flats with everything, especially as we transition into spring.

My fixation on the slogan tee has been reinvigorated in recent months – the one above from Double Trouble was a lovely gift from a meeting with Hop and Cotton (a skincare brand I’ll be talking about in an upcoming post…), and I just adore the subtlety of the petal pink embroidery on an all-white tee. It has a little bit of that 90s throwback, and being a kid of that era, it brings back all the best kinds of nostalgia (along with singing Spice Girls in my bedroom, and eating chocolate cake for breakfast).

The one thing you won’t see me switching up too much? The core colour palette of my wardrobe. While there might be the odd smattering of pink and blue, in addition to some more muted earthy tones such as khaki, there’s nothing I love more than my standard staple diet of black, white and grey.

Are there any style favourites that you haven’t been able to get enough of lately? x

Spring Wardrobe Essential: The Denim Jacket

spring wardrobe essential denim jacket mademoiselle minimal outfit
spring wardrobe essential denim jacket mademoiselle minimal outfit
spring wardrobe essential denim jacket mademoiselle minimal outfit
spring wardrobe essential denim jacket mademoiselle minimal outfit
spring wardrobe essential denim jacket mademoiselle minimal outfit
spring wardrobe essential denim jacket mademoiselle minimal outfit

Everlane oversized poplin dress (I love this ladylike option too!), Topshp denim jacket, Charlotte Olympia kitty flats (affordable option here), Celine trotteur bag (similar more affordable style), Linjer watch

It’s not quite Spring yet, but that hasn’t stopped me from thinking about the key pieces I’ll be putting into regular rotation as soon as the weather warms up. Given we’ve been seeing the temperatures creep up into the 20s, I figured now was as good a time as any to start thinking about those spring wardrobe essentials.

I’ve been sticking to my no shopping diet (for the most part – I do have a rather spendy purchase to share with you all but more on that in an upcoming post… So instead of looking to inject some new spring-worthy items to refresh my closet, my plans are to remix what I already own, a thought which brings me a welcome comfort in knowing that I’ll get to pull out some of my favourite warmer wear workhorses.

My first spring wardrobe essential? A trusty denim jacket. The one I’m wearing above is a boyfriend style from Topshop which is the perfect mid-wash blue, with just the right amount of slouchiness, and I have a lighter wash cropped option from Atmos&Here which pairs well with fitted dresses and just about anything high waisted. Personally I love having those two options to choose from, depending on the kind of look I’m going for, though if blue washed denim isn’t your preference, I think a black denim jacket (like this one or also this one) makes for a great alternative.

One of my favourite ways to wear a denim jacket is simply with a white shirt dress – the one I’m wearing is from Everlane. It’s incredibly boxy, and has 3/4 length sleeves which look cute rolled up too. For the shoes, I opted for my trusty kitty flats from Charlotte Olympia (these are an excellent affordable dupe!!). I often fall back on these for relaxed weekend outfits as I know I can rely on them to not only look cute, but be super comfortable too. My bag is the trotteur bag from Celine; this is a relatively new addition to my wardrobe (I did an unboxing for it here), and it’s been perfect for weekends – I often tend to reach for this over all other options. Finally, my watch is the ‘classic’ from Linjer (I did a review on it here), which I adore for it’s inherent simplicity and lack of obvious branding, plus it’s a much daintier option than the other watches I own.

Is a denim jacket one of your spring wardrobe essentials, and how do you like to wear it? x

Breton Stripe Top & Military Jacket

mademoiselle outfit wearing breton stripe top army jacket
mademoiselle outfit wearing breton stripe top army jacket
mademoiselle outfit wearing breton stripe top army jacket
mademoiselle outfit wearing breton stripe top army jacket
mademoiselle outfit wearing breton stripe top army jacket
mademoiselle outfit wearing breton stripe top army jacket

T by Alexander Wang stripe top, Willow leather skirt (old but this is a great faux option or I also really like this one), Workshop military jacket (I also love this jacket and this is a great affordable option), Everlane day heels (affordable here), Celine trotteur bag

Meet one of the latest additions to my wardrobe, the military inspired jacket. I snagged this at the end of last month during a lucky browse on the Workshop website; I’d stopped by their store while in Auckland, and after trying the jacket on I’d spent the next three weeks thinking about whether I’d made the right decision not to snap it up ‘in the moment’, and after spying that it was on sale, it felt too good an opportunity to pass up. Truthfully, it’s still a *little* too cold to be wearing this daily, although I’m looking forward to reaching for this a lot more often once spring rolls around.

I decided to pair the military jacket with three of my wardrobe staples: the mariniere, the leather skirt, and the day heels from Everlane (coincidentally, exactly what I was wearing when I tried the jacket on!). It’s a simple colour palette, which is elevated by the addition of the army green jacket, plus I love the juxtaposition of the more feminine silhouette with a more masculine jacket.

As it warms up, I’m planning to throw this on over my white shirt dress (also from Everlane), and with more casual outfits like a singlet and shorts, dressed up with a pair of heeled sandals. Again, it’s that idea of pairing a traditionally more masculine silhouette with outfits that have a largely feminine undertone – to me that’s the key to incorporating a military jacket into your wardrobe.

Three reasons why the little – blank – dress is one of my style staples

Why a dress is one of my style staples
Why a dress is one of my style staples
Why a dress is one of my style staples
Celine trotteur bag in black
Why a dress is one of my style staples

Ever since paring back my closet, starting my very first capsule wardrobe, and being more mindful of what I add to my closet, I’ve focused on trying to build up a healthy stable of style staples: those easy go-to pieces I can reach for in a pinch. For years, this has mostly revolved around separates; the kind that you’d find on any top ten wardrobe essentials list, that give you a classic look, yet can be mixed and matched at the same time. If it wasn’t versatile by any traditional means, I didn’t need it.

Though as I’ve tried to strike that healthy balance of femininity in my wardrobe and inject that Parisian nonchalance I’ve been craving (even more so as of late), I’ve found myself being drawn to the effortless elegance of a simple dress – whether it’s a classic black or otherwise (like this cutie I recently snapped up…!). I’m currently on a bit of a self-imposed shopping ban (after this winter haul and some sneaky Nordstrom purchases, I think I’m set for the next few months at least!), but I’ve found myself so much more drawn to the ease of throwing on a dress and instantly feeling put together. This little flirty ruffle dress from Storets is case-in-point. It’s a deep navy hue – a subtle difference that sets it apart from my stable of little black dresses – the ruffle hem adds a playfulness to the silhouette, and it’s instantly dressed up with the striped shirt detail. It’s probably not hard to see why this has become a recent favourite of mine. So, let’s talk about why the little – blank – dress has become one of my style staples…

IT’S AN EASY THROW ON PIECE

Never underestimate the power of a dress; unlike separates, it’s an outfit in itself. Just add accessories. I’ve been taking full advantage of this on those mornings where getting out of bed feels like an effort – I can hit the snooze button one more time as I know I’ll be dressed and out of the door in less than five minutes. If that’s not reason enough to make a dress one of your style staples then…

YOU CAN LAYER IT UP

It’s winter here in Sydney, and while I can’t quite put my finger on why, it’s been feeling colder than ever. Rather than invest in a long sleeved dress, I’ve been throwing my favourites over the top of a skivvy (this one from Uniqlo is perfect for layering) or a silky blouse, with a thick pair of tights on for good measure – 60 denier or higher, of course! This has helped me to breathe new life into so many of my dresses that I’d typically save for the warmer months, and you look chic while you’re at it. Alternatively, I love the look of the flouncy skirt of a dress peeking out underneath an oversized sweater, or something I did a lot during spring last year was to tuck some my more lightweight dresses into skirts and wear them as a top!

IT’S A CULT CLASSIC

While I’m a firm believer that you shouldn’t buy something just because a list on the internet tells you too – no two people are the same – there’s usually a reason why the same items keep popping up on those lists. The little black dress will always have a place in my closet, and for good reason, it’s a cult classic and timeless too. I don’t think you need a better reason than that! x

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Storets dress, Everlane heels (more affordable here), Celine trotteur bag (also here)

Outfit on Repeat

minimal outfit wearing sweater and jeans
minimal outfit wearing sweater and jeans
minimal outfit wearing sweater and jeans
minimal outfit wearing celine trotteur bag
minimal outfit wearing sweater and jeans

Country Road sweater, Lonely bra (also available here or here in a grey green), ASOS farleigh jeans, Celine trotteur bag (also here), Everlane day heels (affordable alternative here)

This is one of those outfits that I’ve had on repeat; a lightweight oversized sweater tucked into a pair of straight leg jeans, dressed up with a pair of heels (my go to are this pair from Everlane). I’ve been reaching for this outfit so often, it’s started to become a little bit of a uniform for me – so much so, that it’s exactly what I’m wearing, right. now.

If decluttering my wardrobe has reminded me of anything, it’s how much I love a good uniform. I’m not stranger when it comes to outfit repeating, and there’s nothing better than finding a look that you can’t help reaching for over and over again.

I’ve given my closet a little bit of a revamp, and if you’d like to see some of the new additions that I’ve made (which include the Country Road sweater I’m wearing above), then I’d recommend checking out my latest video, which you can preview here. Essentially, I’ve been making steps to get my wardrobe at that happy medium between feminine and masculine, to channel that effortless Parisian chic style (as isn’t that the kind of wardrobe we all dream about?).

While there’s no denying that I do love a new addition every now and then – and as of late it feels like it’s been a little more ‘now’ over ‘then’… – the most rewarding purchases are the ones that you want to live in day in and day out, even if that means wearing the same outfit, or same look, five, six, seven days out of seven. And to me, this is just one of those outfits that I reach for at every opportunity – it’s easy, comfortable, and the criss-cross detail from my bralette add a sexy and feminine touch to an otherwise tomboyish outfit (though I suppose the heels help too!).

Do you have any outfits on repeat? x